BJ The Chicago Kid Pays Tribute to D’Angelo’s “Untitled” and Nails It!!! [FULL STREAM] @BJTheChicagoKid @TheDangelo

We really love this tribute by BJ The Chicago Kid to D’Angelo that is circulating around the web. It combines impressive vocals with a new take on the classic grooves he is uplifting with this tribute, which centers around his versions of a few D’Angelo classics including “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” “Send It On” and “She’s Always in My Hair.” BJ has been doing his thing for years, but we think this could be a breakout project for him. Read more of this post

Classic Mixtapes: Qool DJ Marv Presents ‘Sounds of the Season’ Volumes I-IV [FULL STREAMS]


Many thanks to one of our favorite DJs anywhere in the world, Qool DJ Marv, for sharing this festive mixtape series with us. Spanning four volumes—including the three-part fourth installment—and over seven hours of seasonal favorites, this is essential holiday listening. Stream and/or download all four volumes below, and be sure to make them part of your annual tradition this year and for years to come! Read more of this post

A Lump of Soul for Your Stocking: 8 Festive Mixtapes to Bump Throughout the Holidays [FULL STREAMS]


With the holiday season in full swing and Santa busy separating the naughty from the nice, we’ve been blasting our favorite Christmas themed sounds around the clock here in the soulhead office. And we thought we would be remiss not to share a sampling of these festive tunes with you, our beloved readers.

So below, we’ve included a handful of awesome mixtape streams & downloads that are guaranteed to keep you and yours rockin’ around the Christmas tree all week long. Read more of this post

Whose Version of “Hello, It’s Me” is Better? Todd Rundgren’s or The Isley Brothers’? [VIDEOS] @toddrundgren @TheRealRonIsley @fatbellybella


Over the past couple of weeks, the World has been buzzing about the recent mixtape release by Erykah Badu, But You Cain’t Use My Phone. The collection of songs centers around a telephone theme and includes a duet with Badu’s baby’s daddy, André 3000 called “Hello.” The song, which features an intro rap by the latter, was originally recorded by folk rocker Todd Rundgren in 1972 and then covered by The Isley Brothers two years later in 1974. We like all versions but are always looking for the opinion of our Worldwide community of soulheads. Which version do you like best? Read more of this post

#SleptOnSoul: Res’ ‘How I Do’ (2001) [FULL STREAM] @the1res


By Michael A. Gonzales | @gonzomike

We are taught from a young age to “never judge a book by its cover,” but that was exactly what I did in 2001 when copies of Res’ debut album How I Do began arriving at my Brooklyn garret that spring. Glancing at the innocent black and white photo taken by the usually provocative Ellen Von Unwerth, who has shot sexy snaps of Janet Jackson, Joi and Beyoncé, one sees a pretty-faced woman innocently looking over her shoulder as though being followed. In retrospect, the cover conveys a cinematic quality that was hauntingly beautiful, but at the time, I just thought it was boring. Automatically assuming what I perceived to be a lackluster image was reflective of the material within, I simply rejected Res based on that silly speculation. Read more of this post

Tai Allen feat. Suede Jenkins – “Go Groove (Cadillac x Beemer)” [FULL STREAM] @taiallenmusic


We are very impressed by this mellow head nodder that came across our virtual desk this week. Leveraging a marvelous sample of Outkast‘s “Prototype,” the groove harkens back to the days of loungecore classics like “Smoker’s Delight” by Nightmares on Wax and other downtempo era joints. We really appreciated the syncopated spoken word vocal accompaniment provide by Tai Allen himself, who is providing his take on finding love in the strangest places. Peep “Go Groove [Cadillac X Beemer]” below and share if you dig it, like we did. Read more of this post

soulhead Presents: The Best Tracks from the Finest Albums of 2015 [SPOTIFY PLAYLIST/STREAM]


Last week, we revealed our selections that comprise 2015’s 20 Finest Albums. Today, we offer you, our fellow soulheads, a 20-track primer of the choicest cuts from the year’s Top LPs, including tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, The Internet, Lianne La Havas, The Game, MiguelRobert Glasper, and many more. Read more of this post

Whose Version of “Home” from ‘The Wiz’ is Better? Stephanie Mills’ or Diana Ross’? [VIDEOS] @PrettyMill1 @DianaRoss


Unless you have been living under a rock, it has been nearly impossible to avoid the media coverage surrounding tonight’s live airing of The Wiz, the urban version of the popular Wizard of Oz movie. The Wiz, which was originally a Broadway play and later released as a film, remains one of the most revered productions despite the movie’s poor critical reception. One of the standout cuts was “Home,” which was originally sung by the amazing Stephanie Mills in the Broadway play in 1975 and later, in 1978, performed by the “boss” Diana Ross in the movie version. Other legendary vocalists who have covered the song include Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, and Kristin Chenoweth. Read more of this post

soulhead Presents: The 20 Finest Albums of 2015 [YEAR-IN-REVIEW + FULL STREAMS]


With the rapid proliferation of music streaming services during the past few years—including the much-ballyhooed TIDAL re-launch and high profile Apple Music launch this year—music has never been more accessible and shareable than it is right now. Having millions of songs, the latest album releases, and decades’ worth of artist discographies right at our fingertips seems wonderful in theory, doesn’t it? In practice, however, such widespread on-demand availability can be overwhelming—not to mention time-consuming—for many of us, as we attempt to discern quality amidst the massive quantities of recordings at our immediate disposal. Read more of this post

Erykah Badu’s New ‘But You Cain’t Use My Phone’ Mixtape Proves Why She Owns the Interweb [STREAM]

Ms. Erykah Badu AKA Low Down Loretta Brown is at it again. After lacing our ears with her take on Drake‘s Worldwide smash “Hotline Bling,” she returns with an amazing collection of phone-themed tracks that sound perfect.  Leveraging classics like New Edition‘s “Mr Telephone Man,” Usher‘s “You Don’t Have to Call” and even bits of The Time‘s “777-9311,” this mixtape is simply aural dessert.  We can’t get enough of this creative explosion. Enjoy with us. Read more of this post

Lion Babe Light Up the Dancefloor with New Single “Where Do We Go” [FULL STREAM] @LionBabe @Jillonce @Astro_Raw


By Justin Chadwick | @justin_chadwick

Evoking the spirit of throwback disco-era stalwarts like Diana Ross, Sister Sledge, and The S.O.S. Band, soulhead favorites Lion Babe just dropped a euphoric dancefloor banger that will have you shaking your moneymaker for days. Taken from their highly anticipated forthcoming debut long player Begin due out January 22nd, “Where Do We Go” is the latest offering in the duo’s impressive string of dazzling singles released this year. Read more of this post

Jess the Facts Drops Headnod-Inducing ‘Blue Hues of Science’ [ALBUM REVIEW + STREAM] @JesstheFacts


By Solomon Words | @sologeeohdee

Jess the Facts, a Boston native based in the City of Angels, has hit us over the head with his newest album Blue Hues of Science. Originally released last month, the 17-track album is a throwback to the cool boom-bap era of rap, when beats and rhymes mattered the most.  The seamless fusion of jazz, funk, soul, and ‘90s flavored hip-hop calls to mind A Tribe Called Quest and keeps the overall vibe of the album chill and relaxed. Read more of this post

Your Old Droog Delivers Cleverly Conceived New Track “Basketball & Seinfeld” [FULL STREAM] @YourOldDroog


By Solomon Words | @sologeeohdee

Following up his six-song EP The Nicest originally released back in July, the Brooklyn born, Ukrainian rhyme architect known as Your Old Droog (“Droog” meaning “friend” in Russian) has delivered his latest single “Basketball & Seinfeld.” The self-produced track with sampled hints of the Seinfeld theme song makes for a catchy single that’s sure to make head nods. Y.O.D. perfectly blends the two seemingly incongruous topics using witty metaphors of Seinfeld characters juxtaposed with past and present NBA ball players because #ballislife. Read more of this post

Take a Walk in Ravyn Lenae’s ‘Moon Shoes’ [FULL EP STREAM] @ravynlenae


Moon Shoes is the title of Ravyn Lenae‘s debut EP, which dropped recently. The Chicago songstress utilizes a jazzy and versatile voice to deliver sounds well beyond her years. At only 16 years young, it’s hard to believe how strong this young artist’s musical output is. Check out the 8-track Moon Shoes below.  Read more of this post

Whose Version of “This Woman’s Work” is Best? Kate Bush’s or Maxwell’s [VIDEOS] @KateBushMusic @_MAXWELL_


The year was 2001 and every time you turned on urban A/C radio, all you heard was neo-soul. Artists like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and of course, Maxwell, were tearing up the charts. In particular, the ladies certainly had a thing for the look and sound of Maxwell, who’s album Now represented some of the most thoughtful lyrics and best grooves of the time.

Four years earlier, during his 1997 MTV Unplugged appearance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Maxwell had wowed the crowd with a stirring tune called “This Woman’s Work.” The crooner’s studio version of the same song ultimately became the second single released from Now and charted an impressive number 16 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It features Max’s classic falsetto and still has the ladies swooning when he rips the song live. Read more of this post

Dave B Packs a Lyrical Punch with New ‘Punch Drunk’ Album [FULL STREAM] @davebspacedot


The young Seattle native Dave B is an up-and-coming talent to be reckoned with. You can hear the room for growth in his music, along with an already impressive mastery over his craft. His flows play a big part in his ability to trigger those nuanced emotional responses that really connect the listener to the music. Released recently (10/30/15), Punch Drunk hasn’t quite yet gained the traction it most definitely deserves. Nonetheless, the music doesn’t lie, and it feels at the moment that Dave B’s success is imminent. Read more of this post

Tinashe & Chance The Rapper Team Up with Snakehips on “All My Friends” [FULL VIDEO] @snakehipsuk @Tinashe @chancetherapper


Chance The Rapper and Tinashe have collaborated with London production duo Snakehips to bring you the new single “All My Friends.” The upbeat rhythm takes the listener for a ride as Chance and Tinashe grapple with a culture in which binge drinking and drug abuse are prerequisites for socializing. Check out the recently unveiled video for the track below. Read more of this post

#LongPlayLove: Celebrating 15 Years of Sade’s ‘Lovers Rock’ [FULL ALBUM STREAM]


By Justin Chadwick | @justin_chadwick

Happy 15th Anniversary to Sade’s fifth album Lovers Rock, originally released in the UK November 13, 2000 and in the US November 14, 2000.

As I’ve written about recently, if ever there was a band whose musical output embodies the notion of “quality over quantity,” it’s unquestionably Sade. Throughout the past thirty-one years, the group has delivered just six studio albums, and half of these have arrived in the past twenty-three years. Evaluated together, Sade’s back catalog—while sparse relative to other artists who are prone to falling victim to the “haste makes waste” approach to recording—is one of the most consistently rewarding discographies you’ll ever lay your ears on. Read more of this post

Missy Elliott’s New Joint “WTF (Where They From)” with Pharrell Will Make Your Neck Hurt!!! [VIDEO] @MissyElliott @Pharrell

Missy Elliott is back and in full effect. The producer/emcee known for her amazing sonic skills, lyrical expertise, and incredible visuals returns with fellow VA juggernaut Pharrell Williams for this supa dupa fly new track and video. Enjoy! Read more of this post

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